Friday, November 3, 2017

An easy way to give back this holiday season



The holidays are quickly approaching, and soon enough everyone will be caught up in the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gifts, hitting up the biggest sales, deciding what to wear to their office Christmas party, or making the perfect dinner for their family. Sure, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate during the holiday season, but wouldn't it be nice to give back this year? In a meaningful way?

The Children's Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center started an amazing program, Tackle Kids Cancer, to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer patients. 100% of the donations made to TKC benefit the essential clinical care, unique support services, and groundbreaking cancer research needed to find a cure. Did you know that only 4% of government cancer funding is directed towards pediatric cancer? Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children! They need so much more than just 4%. Go read some of the stories on Tackle Kids Cancer and you will be moved to tears and want to do something!

Take Joshua, for example...a teenager who was diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue sarcoma back in 2015. He's a lover of science and co-founded the Robotics club at his high school. My 13 year old son is also a proud member of his own Robotics club at school, so I know how fun and important it is to the kids involved in the club. Josh's club was only in its second year of existence when they placed at the state championships and he was diagnosed. He describes the kindness of the nurses and specialists who worked with him during his chemo treatment, who all made sure he was still able to keep up with the robotics competition. Reading his story of cancer as a teen and his fear of missing out on "normal" life really hit me and I couldn't imagine my own precious 13 year old battling cancer and still wanting to just be a normal kid and attend his robotics competition. 

These stories truly touched my heart and really made me want to help in some way. It made me realize how incredibly lucky and blessed I am, and it really makes you realize that giving back is essential. These families are going through so much and need all of the support they can get. This holiday season my family will be showing our appreciation for our health and wellness by donating to Tackle Kids Cancer. Remember, 100% of all donations go directly to the cause, so the funds you give we be put to good use, no matter the size of your heartfelt donation.

Please, I urge you to read some of these stories and find it in your heart to give to Tackle Kids Cancer this holiday season! 

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